The most important part of this dish is without doubt the marinade, when you crack that then everything else just falls into place. These are kinda like little Far Eastern Wraps as the chicken is spooned into Little Gem lettuce leaves and you wrap it up and stick the whole thing in your face!
4 large chicken thighs, skinned and boned
1/2 small celeriac shredded
1 sweet red pepper shredded
6 little gem lettuce leaves
1 full birds eye chili diced
For the marinade (credit my Da for this!)
4 TBS dark Soy sauce
1 TBS honey
1 TBS tomato puree
3 cloves garlic minced
As much chili powder as you feel you can handle – I went for 1 TPS and it was mild.
This is pretty much street food, but as a sit down Tuesday night dinner you can serve it with rice or noodles – I went with Basmati, Peas and Courgette as a ‘bulker-outter’.
Sooooo….get a fork and stab the life out of the chicken thighs, you want them to soak up the marinade as much as possible, sling them into a bowl. Mix together the marinade ingredients and taste as you go – you want a bitter sweet tangy twang that is fairly punchy so again regulate to your own palate. Mix well and pour over the things, cling and fridge for a few hours.
When the dinner bell rings build up the ‘wraps’ – little gem lettuce leave are natural bowls, half fill each with the shredded celeriac and sweet red pepper. Feel free to use what ever root veg you feel like – carrot, courgette, onions, etc etc – what your adding here is a cold crunch to the punchy soft and crispy chicken (think Kebabs). Set aside in the fridge until your ready to serve.
There are a couple of ways to roll when cooking the chicken – either flame on an open Bar B Q or grilled. I wouldn’t fry as there’s a tendancy then for the chicken to be too wet, you want a crispy vibe gona on with this. Cook until blackening happens then sling out and run the biggest knife you have through the meat..SHRED!!! Make sure any juice that comes out of the chicken is mixed back in!!
Throw in the diced chili and spoon into the lettuce – stick in face, follow with beer….repeat.